The Southern lights are seldom seen with the naked eye mostly because there’s just so little inhabited land mass inside the Antarctic circle.
New Zealand is Way down in the South and we’re lucky enough to catch glimpses of the magic at play in the Antarctic skies.
We also live in a time when Data from NASA’s sensor arrays floating about in the distance just within the clutches earths gravity send us early warnings of solar activity right to our phones if we want them.
This particular display was vivid enough to see the faint green glow on the horizon and the odd phantom streak skyward which you’d almost think was some optical trick on the eye after straining to see what should be there.
Only the cameras sensor shows the real strength of the Southern lights.
This still frame from a timelapse was shot with Nikon D800 over 10 seconds at f2.8 and ISO 3200.